Google Street View Beats Patent Claims In California

Law360, Los Angeles (September 7, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT) -- Google Inc.’s popular Street View navigation service does not infringe on four patents held by Vederi LLC, a California federal judge ruled Friday, saying Google’s system uses curved or spherical views taken with a fisheye lens while Vederi’s patents covers only stitched-together flat images.

“If that’s not a valid distinction, then the Federal Circuit will tell us and we will be back here,” said U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, who sat by designation as a trial judge. “This is my best shot, and if I get...
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